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Meyhane - Turkish for "Bad Restaurant"

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Meyhane - Turkish for "Bad Restaurant"

marybindc | Apr 13, 2004 04:37 PM

I finally went to Meyhane at 633 Pennsylvania Ave SE on Saturday night. They've installed one of those windowed doors that opens up to the street in warm weather, which looks very inviting. The furniture is nice, in a Shaker kind of way. The walls are about as bland as it gets; painted beige with beige artwork hanging on them.

The service was largely clueless. One man took our drink order and promptly forgot it. A busboy attempted to fix the wobbly table and almost dumped our water in our laps. A waiter came, confessed that the other man forgot our order, and took it again. The red wine (merlot) had a slightly medicinal taste, but the main problem was that it was WAY too warm. "Room temp" for red wine means cellar temp, about 55 degrees. This tasted like it was stored in the kitchen. A place that bills itself as a wine bar should know better.

We had the meze platter, which was bland, with the exception of passable hummus. The hot tapas fared much better: the spicy Turkish sausage was tasty and the fried zucchini was delicious.

The prices of wine on their wine list are *extremely* affordable; a rare find in this town. They also list happy hours with 1/2 price bottles of wine. However, I'm not sure the warm reds and sloppy service make it worth it to return.

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